When attempting to resize the Settings Manager window, you can resize height-wise in both directions. However, when resizing width-wise, you can only make the window grow, it will not shrink. You need to either use xfconf-query to affect the /last/window-width setting (while the manager is not running) or delete the xfce4-settings-manager.xml to reset to default.
This looks like a duplicate of Bug 16028.
I wanted to file a new bug with this text:
When you open the settings manager you get the overview of all the setting items, like appearance, panel and desktop.
If I resize the window horizontally (make it larger) or maximize it, the items in the personal, hardware, system and others group are rearranged in the groups to fit in fewer lines.
Resizing the window back to a smaller state is not possible, I think because the rearrangement in the other direction doesn't work.
It is possible to resize the window when you enter a search term like 'xx', which is no fix but a workaround to get the original size back.
xfce4-settings-manager 4.14.2 (Xfce 4.14)
Could this exo commit be the culprit?
I confirm the problem in Xubuntu 20.04 focal - xfce4-settings-manager 4.14.2
It is possible to enlarge the window, but not to shrink it.
The solution is to edit the conf file ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-settings-manager.xml, and to reduce the "value" in :
<property name="window-width" type="int" value="1000"/>
same problem with archlinux.
*** Bug 16028 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Created attachment 9840
The attached diff combines the fixes for bug 14737 and bug 13402 by making them conditional (only xfce4-settings-manager is assigning a value to item_width).
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*** Bug 16377 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***